Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hamlin's Marine Boating Report 2017

Tyler Rigging a Mast
Warm weather has finally arrived after a snotty, cold spring.  Hamlin's Marine is working around the clock to get everyone out on the water.  We are delivering boats all over the place from Charleston, South Carolina to the northern tip of Maine.

Our staff has been busy this spring working on projects, rigging boats, hosting Open Houses, and boating...when we find the time!

Just yesterday, members of our team including John Clark (Sales Manager), Kris Gilbert (Yard Coordinator), Glen Parkhurst (Rigger), and Mick Guerette (Marine Technician) captained two new Bennington pontoon boats for a group of military veterans.  They had a great time catching fish and made some wonderful new friendships with some amazing people.

John, Mick, Glen, and Kris

Big Fish of the Day
The men at Puffin Boat Company have been cranking up production.  Right now, we are building about six Scout 151s, two Edendrivers, and a dozen Puffin Dinghies every month.

Check out this hilarious video of Kaitlynn motoring around the Hampden Boat Yard in a new 1060 Puffin Skipper...

Most amazing to me this season so far has been the increasing popularity of Bennington Pontoon Boats.  I am shocked at how many boaters are choosing performance, audio, and lighting upgrades on their new boats.

I hope to see you all out on the water.  So far this year, I've been to Sebago Lake with our management and sales team to fish for salmon and lake trout,

I was also able to fish for stripers with Mike Perrino on the Cousins River in Freeport.  We caught 40 stripers in one hour!  And just the other day, I was on my home turf of the Penobscot River between Hampden and Orrington and caught this little schoolie from my Scout 151 Sportfish!

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Does Size Really Matter?
Northern anglers will be glad to know that Striper reports in the Penobscot are coming in at record pace.  I've heard of 24" fish and 50 fish trips!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Come Visit Hamlin's Marine at the New England Boat Show

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Hamlin's Marine at the New England Boat Show

While Maine just had Stahmageddon and is getting ready for a round two snowstorm, Hamlin's Marine is displaying our best deals at the Boston Convention Center.  

The Hamlin's Marine sales team, aka The Wolfpack, is committed to getting your family on the water this year!

Whether you are a fish head, a parrot head, or a modern day pirate...Hamlin's has the boat for you.  

Check out our line of Cutwater diesel and outboard powered cruisers.  All models feature full cabins with plenty of room for entertaining, dining, and sleeping.  The new Cutwater 242 outboard and 302 outboard models are the hit of the show.  Check out this video of our adventures on Coast to Coast test rides of these amazing models:

If fishing in luxury is more your style, you need to check out our Scout line of boats.  Hamlin's has the all new 255 Dorado dual console model display.  

255 Dorado

Scout's design team hit a home run with this model with a whole new level of comfort and performance.   

If you are sick of shoveling and want to jump start Spring...come see the Wolfpack at the Boston Boat Show.  Just imagine warm summer days on the water!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Yamaha Outboards Make Boating Great Again

Zoe and Ella Higgins Taking a Frigid Dip in Belfast Harbor with a Yamaha F300
Is it truly possible to fall in love with an inanimate object?  For those of you that have a Yamaha on your boat's transom, you know the answer.

Maine boaters love Yamaha outboards; Hamlin's Marine has sold more Yamaha outboards than any other dealer in the Northeast for the past seven years.  In this year alone, Hamlin's Marine has sold 315 Yamahas to Maine boaters!

Why are Yamaha outboards such a popular choice to power pontoon boats, deck boats, sport boats, and fishing boats?  I've heard so many reasons.  Here's what I hear from Yamaha customers:

"I swear my Yamaha doesn't burn gas!"
Yamahas definitely burn gas...just not nearly as much as older technology outboards and inboard/outboard engines.

"I can't hear my engine running!"
If you listen closely, you can hear the motors running.  I do think that the water discharge spout makes more noise than the actual motor.

"My Yamaha always starts on the coldest mornings."
We have some very enthusiastic duck hunters that actually enjoy being offshore on January mornings in Maine.  God Bless them!

"I used to have brand X outboard...what a piece of $%#&!  I beat the hell out of my Yamaha and I can't kill it!"
At Hamlin's we suggest that you properly maintain your outboard and that you don't abuse it, but's your Yamaha!

When searching for a boat for your family, it is definitely important to decide on the power to get you home safe and on time.  I think of all my great boating memories, and there always seems to be a Yamaha outboard in the background.  I can think of some unpleasant days as well...guess what, I wasn't running a Yamaha!

As we go into fall, here are some great Yamaha memories from 2016:

A Rare Day of Successful Fishing with Dan off of Fiji with Yamaha F250

More Typical Day of Fishing with Dan on Moosehead Lake with Yamaha F115

Katie and Dan Island Hopping with Twin 150s

Family Photoshoot of the Scout 151 in a Rockland quarry with a Yamaha T50

Josh Cottrell Catching Penobscot River Stripers with a Yamaha F300

Chris Duffy and  Mark Hansen in the Bowl Behind Mt. Kineo with a Yamaha F115

Zoe and Ella Higgins in a Cutwater 24 off of Stockton Harbor with a Yamaha 300

Katie Higgins Showing off our Custom Painted Yamaha 300 Cowling

This Man May Love Yamaha more than Most with Twin 300 Yamahas


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Puffin Boat Company: Building Boats with a Purpose...

The Puffin Boat Company grew out of Hamlin’s Marine, a large family boat dealership in Maine.  For years, the family travelled around the country purchasing boats to be sold into the Maine market.  Oftentimes, the family served on dealer councils providing input on boat design and features.

For one family member, boats became an obsession.  Dan Higgins loved the way boats were able to change lives.  He loved the way a boat ride on Penobscot Bay could dissolve a month’s worth of stress, and he loved the way a pontoon boat could take three generations of family out on a pristine lake to share memories. 

It became clear that buying and selling boats wasn’t enough to feed Dan’s obsession.  Fortunately for Dan, his wife Katie supported the idea of building boats.  Together, Katie and Dan formed a boat building company in early 2013 by buying the molds and building rights of Puffin Dinghy.

You see, Katie and Dan started building Puffin Dinghies because they were in danger of being replaced by cheap plastic and inflatable alternatives.  However, nothing matches the beauty and simplicity of an honest hand-laid fiberglass dinghy.  Many people still see the purpose in buying a Puffin Dinghy.

The Puffin Boat Company expanded rapidly, and Katie and Dan decided that more projects were needed to support the mission of Building Boats with a Purpose.

The purpose of the Scout 151 is to make family boating affordable again.  Powered by a Yamaha outboard, this unsinkable 15’ masterpiece is the perfect companion on the water for a family of four.  A 151 Scout is built to the highest standards on the water.  It shares the same construction techniques of the rest of the Scout family of boats built in South Carolina, but with a price tag starting well below $20,000.  Add popular options like a bow rail, bow cushion, ski tow, and swim platform and you’ll never want to go home after a day of sun and fun. 

The Edendriver 17 boasts a subtle sexiness, plus the handsome lines of a boat designed to handle chop and powerful tides.   The Edendriver blends traditional Downeast lines with South Carolina DNA.  It can be fitted as a practical fishing boat, or as a luxurious sport tender for exploring harbors.

Edendriver is the living legacy of late boat designer, Seph Limehouse.  Edendriver started on John’s Island in South Carolina in 2007.  Years later, Seph was diagnosed with cancer.  Before he succumbed, Seph finished three Edendrivers for family members.  Stevie Potts, owner of Scout boats and Seph’s Brother-in-Law, kept the dream alive by making the Edendriver production ready and working with Dan Higgins to get the tooling and plans to Maine. 
Edendriver is the next chapter of The Puffin Boat Company’s mission of Building Boats with a Purpose.   

A portion of Edendriver sales will go to support Seph’s family in South Carolina as well as, a cancer organization that raises awareness for early detection of cancer. 

Let The Puffin Boat Company fill your obsession with a boat built with a purpose.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Scout 151 Built By Puffin Boats in Maine

Scout 151 Dorado
If you would like a versatile and affordable boat built to last a lifetime, come to the New England Boat Show this week and set your eyes upon the Scout 151.  Hamlin's Marine has been a long time dealer of the entire line of Scout Boats built in Summersville, SC for many years.  However, the 151 is special, as these boats are now built at Hamlin's manufacturing wing...Puffin Boats in Hampden, Maine.  Puffin Boats is also building components for Hinckley Yachts, display units for Vineyard Vines, as well as our classic line of dinghies.

The 151 is offered in two configurations, a dual console and a center console.  The center console model, the Scout 151 Sportfish, is an excellent fishing rig for fresh or salt water and may be equipped with electronics and a trolling motor.

Scout 151 Sportfish with Big Brother in Background

Demand for both models has been high as the Scout 151 Sportfish, Yamaha F40, and trailer starts at just $16,995 which prices well below competing small boats offered by Boston Whaler and Edgewater.  Unlike competing models the 151 features and on-board 10 gallon fuel tank versus and gaumy portable tank.  It also features a self-bailing deck which is not common in this segment.  Powered by a base 40 HP outboard, the boat tops out at 32 MPH which is great for pulling a tube with the kids.  Know also, that you can upgrade to a 50 HP option.

Best of all, the Scout will be built by Maine craftsmen in Hampden, Maine.  Puffin Boats puts their heart and soul into producing the finest quality on the market today.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hamlin's Wolfpack & The Boston Boat Show

The Hamlin's Marine sales team....aka "The Wolfpack" has temporarily moved from our homes in the Maine woods to the mean streets of Boston for the annual New England Boat Show.  This year, Hamlin's Marine went big and hauled seven boats down to display.  Of course, as my luck would have it, our move in was during a blizzard...again!



City living is akin to visiting Mars for us. Despite Josh Cottrell's defensive driving, I am afraid for my life during our commute from the Convention Center to our very humble rental tenement in Jamaica Plain.  Our only salvation is that we have been adopted by a pillar of the community down here, Gerry the proprietor of Doyle's Cafe.  Doyle's is an Irish Pub in Jamaica Plain and it provides the Hamlin's Wolfpack with the shelter and courage we need to survive in our strange elements.  Gerry has given us free parking and has shown us true hospitality.  If you are ever in Jamaica Plain, do not miss an opportunity to visit Doyle's Cafe and tell Gerry the Wolfpack sent you.

The New England boat show has been open for three days now and we have six to go.  Hamlin's has already sold as many boats as we did during last year's show. You can find us in the Scout and Cutwater booths.  The new Scout 151 that we are building at Puffin Boats in Hampden is having a world debut and is a hot, hot boat.  Cutwater's new 24 with a Yamaha F300 outboard is a game changer.


 If you want to attend the show to buy a boat, make sure you call Hamlin's so we can leave some tickets at will call for you

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Still Boating in February

It's been such a mild winter in Maine!  
A couple of guys from Hamlin's were actually trolling for fish on Branch Pond  on New Year's Day.  On the first day of February,  the Kennebec River was still open clear up to Hallowell; that hasn't happened in over sixty years.

If you are a boating addict, we may be in for a very early spring.

Reid Garrity of Hamlin's and I haven't stopped boating.  Two weeks ago, we were in Wrightsville Beach, NC on a mission to test drive a 25' Hunt Surfhunt.  That boat will be arriving in Hampden on Friday or Saturday, so come down and check her out if are looking for a beautiful New England style coastal cruiser.

On Sunday, we attended the Seattle boat show to check out the Cutwater booth.

Today... Reid and I are in Everett,   Washington with fellow boaters, Penny and Steve. We are impatiently waiting to head to Jetty's Landing so we can test run the most eagerly awaited boat ever, the Cutwater 24 Outboard.

Yesterday we watched another 24 get launched and run performance trials up and down the river.  The 300 HP Yamaha put her instantly on plane; after running her up to the mid forties, Captain Ronnie from Cutwater pulled a 180 degree turn on a dime.  

It's Penny's birthday today, and we are hoping it will be her best one yet!  All of us will be boating on the Pacific for the first time.  We all are hoping to spot an Orca or two!  Reminds me of all those hopeful of seeing a moose in our neck of the woods.